She left behind decades of corporate writing to begin writing about nature, health, passion, love, and living simply and sustainably — in essence, her code for living a good life. In her nature essays she hopes to offer a glimpse of the true wonder of the Amazon, reveal its profound effect on each of us and inspire readers to build a connection with the natural world.
It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to people who are not her kind of wild, but
Donna refuses to own a mobile phone, rarely wears shoes, and is passionate about living on a whole food, plant-based diet. If she can’t be found swinging in a hammock with a laptop in hand or somewhere off the coast reading from her sea kayak, you will find her hurtling along the great Amazonian rivers in a sprint canoe.
“Happiness does find us,” she says. “We just have to slow down and lighten our load a little. Only then can we discover the wonder and awe in our world, and in the process gain a true sense of who we are, why we are here, and where we are heading.”
What inspires you to write?
I take my inspiration from the natural world, which is a good thing because I live on the fringe of the Amazon rainforest and in one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. I watch people come alive in this magical place and am in constant awe of the transformational powers of nature.
Tell us about your writing process.
As most writers do I read a lot, but I do it mostly from my sea kayak. I’m usually joined by some type of marine or bird life and the feeling of excitement and wonder that comes from that gets my creative juices flowing. I write down all my ideas and then allow them to take a momentum of their own. Writing is something I can’t force, so I have to be passionate about the topic. I’ve been known to sit down and write a blog post that turned into a book!
What advice would you give other writers?
To network and reach out to others in your areas of interest and genre. People really do want to know about your book so go out all guns blazing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My writing had always been accepted as editorial and feature articles in magazines, but when it came to traditional publishers, on the few times I did send in a submission, I never heard anything back. I like simplicity and it doesn’t come much simpler than self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Reading, teaching, learning and knowledge is life. The platform might change but people will always seek knowledge.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction, Nature, Memoir
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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